CT scanning 'magnificent' tool

SCAN FAN: Canterbury farmer Brent Macaulay is a fan of CT scanning to get the most out of his southdowns. The ram had a CT scan as a ram hogget that helped to get an accurate reading of its internal as well as external virtues.

A Canterbury ram stud breeder has become a convert to CT scanning after selling a southdown ram for $14,000.

Red beef by word of mouth

Julian and Fiona Downs, Rannoch Meats owners and red devon farmers at Greytown.

Red devon meat sold to Wellington diners provides a handy income for a small Wairarapa block.

Farming mixed with writing

A bit of rain doesn't stop them - Anita Lamb, on Legacy, and Dennis Gloyn, on Colidas Goldbars - ready to ride out to work on their Weber farm.

On Triple Springs farm you can find sheep, cattle, sport horse and heading dog breeding, as well as a spot of children's story writing.

Agreed targets seen as key

Murray and Janet Easton hosted a field day at their King Country farm.

Bad blood between dairy stock owners and graziers is usually the result of their different expectations.

Debt a big hurdle

credit card debt, christmas

Dairy farmers unable to reach $5.75 for each kg of milksolids produced face taking on more debt.

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opinion

Fonterra's in tight corner

Fonterra dairy factory

OPINION: Fonterra's advance monthly payments to its suppliers this spring went unusually close to breaching its end-of-year payout forecast.

Heavy-handed approach

OPINION: A "cock up" in the prosecution of South Waikato farmer Bas Nelis paints the Waikato Regional Council in a terrible light.

Last chance for tarnished silver

Still money in small farms

dairy

Agreed targets seen as key

Murray and Janet Easton hosted a field day at their King Country farm.

Bad blood between dairy stock owners and graziers is usually the result of their different expectations.

Robots not the answer

Robotic milkers will not solve the dairy industry's labour problems, a retiring academic says.

credit card debt, christmas

Debt a big hurdle

Dairy farmers unable to reach the national average break-even point of $5.75 for each kilogram of milksolids produced face taking on more debt in a difficult 2014-15 season.

beef

Red beef by word of mouth

Julian and Fiona Downs, Rannoch Meats owners and red devon farmers at Greytown.

Red devon meat sold to Wellington diners provides a handy income for a small Wairarapa block.

Prestige farming passion

Enthusiastic Wairarapa farmers Matt and Lynley Wyeth are putting the beef and sheep industry in the spotlight.

McDonald's burger.

Macca's beefing up burger image

McDonald's is on a mission to show its customers how sustainable the NZ beef that goes into its hamburgers really is.

Sheep

CT scanning 'magnificent' tool

SCAN FAN: Canterbury farmer Brent Macaulay is a fan of CT scanning to get the most out of his southdowns. The ram had a CT scan as a ram hogget that helped to get an accurate reading of its internal as well as external virtues.

A Canterbury ram stud breeder has become a convert to CT scanning after selling a southdown ram for $14,000.

Black faces reign supreme

Champion sheep breeder Penni Loffhagen likes what she looks at.

LAMB ROAST: "We wanted to give our customers the option to have lamb for their Christmas BBQs and dinners," says Kate Porter from Countdown on their decision to bring in 'well-priced' Australian lamb.

Aussie lamb at $10 a kilogram

Australian legs of lamb have winged their way across the Tasman in time for Kiwis’ Christmas roasts.

cropping

Mood Indigo to lift crops

A fresh crop of garlic

CropLogic buys monitoring company to better help farmers predict and maximise crop yields.

Food bargains abound

Tomatoes are at their lowest prices for 12 years, while prices also fell for many other items.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Ariana Holland, 16, top right and her sisters Maddi, 14 and Kyla, 11 at their parents business Tasman Bay Berries.

A berry Christmas hoped for

Berry growers are hopeful for a good season, and say all going well there should be plenty of berries available for Christmas dinners.

agribusiness

Agri-food's winding path

The dairy industry was heading down the highway, but ended up in a pot hole in 2014.

OPINION: With another year winding down, it is time to reflect on how well the agri-food industries have been travelling.

Famous trek recreated

The Massey Ferguson team following in the tracks of Kiwi adventurer Sir Edmund Hillary 56 years ago has made it to the South Pole.

A bit of rain doesn't stop them - Anita Lamb, on Legacy, and Dennis Gloyn, on Colidas Goldbars - ready to ride out to work on their Weber farm.

Farming mixed with writing

On Triple Springs farm you can find sheep, cattle, sport horse and heading dog breeding, as well as a spot of children's story writing.

Discovery

Rummaging in rumens

AgResearch rumen scientist Dr Sandra Kittelmann.

What's really in a rumen? It's probably something that most people haven't given much thought to.

Zeroing in on low-N plants

Could plants be used to reduce nitrification rates in soils and hence reduce nitrate leaching and emissions of nitrous oxide?

Methane producers: Livestock are a major source of greenhouse gases.

Hard work targets emissions

Gases generated per unit of meat or milk produced on NZ farms has declined on average by about 1 per cent since at least 1990.

rural women

Links with women strengthened

Alliance director Dawn Sangster at the Lorneville meat plant in Invercargill.

Alliance meat processor sees women as key on-farm decision-makers and wants to improve their understanding of the co-operative.

Rural mum turns entrepreneur

Southland farmer's wife and mother Melanie McKenzie spends her downtime working.

CHALLENGED: Agri-Women’s Development Trust escalator programme graduate Andrea Murray, of New Plymouth.

Helping with leadership

A desire to help other women reach their potential motivates a vet to join a programme to develop her leadership skills.

Video

Auckland property market gains expected

Property investors say low interest rates and demand from foreign investors and migrants will keep the market strong.

advice

Help on offer for depressed farmers

OFFER HELP: Te Pahu farmer Chris Bryant broke through depression by taking on a hobby.

Do not isolate yourself and cling on to hope.

5 ways to avoid a bad fencing job

There’s one really easy way to know if a fence is well built: a good fence is one you don’t notice.

Breeding your own chicks can be a hands-on job, or the right mother hen will take care of things for you.

20+ tips for hatching chicks

There are pros and cons to having broody hens do the work of incubation for you, even though their aim in life is to hatch out chicks.

aquaculture

Voyage from frozen to fresh

MISSION: Sanford’s chief executive, Volker Kuntzsch, wants to add traceability to the fresh fish market.

It sounds counter-intuitive but New Zealand's biggest seafood company is realising that adding value to fish is simple.

Baby snapper 'not good look'

They're legal but should baby snapper be the fare of international fish markets?

Greenshell Mussel processing at Kono Seafoods in Blenheim

Asia 'can't get enough of our mussels'

New Zealand greenshell mussels are proving a hit in emerging Asian economies and fuelling export growth, Aquaculture New Zealand chief executive Gary Hooper says.

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